CASI Student Programs Blog

Since 2007, the Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI) at the University of Pennsylvania has supported nearly 200 students! Welcome to the home base for CASI students and alumni to share their thoughts, reflections, and ongoing learnings about their internships, research projects, and travels in India and beyond.

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With the safety of conducting in-person interviews being jeopardized by the world-wide bug, we lost the opportunity of engaging with the Malvani community in their school and home environments. The RCT we are conducting in collaboration with Project Balika had to be remote in every way, so as to reflect the nature of remote access […]

Hello, everyone:   In my previous post for the CASI Student Blog, I described the ambit of my dissertation, Land and Revolution: Literatures in India and Latin America. I also outlined a summer research agenda to research and draft a chapter titled “Wayward Internationalisms Across India and Mexico.” This chapter examines the lives, travels, and writings of three historical […]

This summer I have been working on tying up some loose ends on one of the empirical chapters from my dissertation. In this chapter I use a national level dataset and original qualitative interviews to establish how the effect of prolonged male absence due to migration on women’s political lives. Last summer I conducted over […]

Hi everyone! I am a rising fifth year in the PhD program in the Department of Political Science at Penn. I am excited to be joining the CASI summer program once again this year. My dissertation project looks at the implications of male migration on women in sending communities. Specifically, I am interested in understanding […]

My research under the Unstable Archives project aims to build a born-digital archive of a rare family collection containing the personal artifacts of Elizabeth Sharaf un-Nisa, a native Indian woman who married a European man and moved with him to Britain. More broadly, it seeks to study the lives of women like Sharaf un-Nisa who […]

As this summer comes to an end, so too does my work on Indian cultural heritage NGOs. Although the underlying basis of the project has been consistent over the past three months, my own conceptions of cultural heritage have certainly shifted. As I move forward into the academic year, it is these new understandings which […]

Hello again from Juliana Lu! This is my second update regarding my research under the Unstable Archives project. Led by Professor Megan Robb, this project seeks to digitize a rare family collection containing the personal artifacts of Elizabeth Sharaf un-Nisa, a native Indian woman who married a European man and moved with him to Britain. […]

Hello! My name is Juliana Lu, and I’m a rising sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences from Dallas, Texas. My research under the Unstable Archives project, led by Professor Megan Robb, aims to build a born-digital archive of a rare family collection containing the personal artifacts of Elizabeth Sharaf un-Nisa, a native Indian […]

Hello again! This is my second blog update on the summer research I am conducting with Professor Ramya Sreenivasan on early Hindi cinema and the emergence of mass culture in India. So far, it has been an amazing experience! I started with films from the late 1940s and am slowly making my way through the […]

Hello! I am writing one last time to debrief my experience conducting research through CASI under the supervision of Dr. Robert DeRubeis and Akash Wasil. My experience over the past months has been overwhelmingly positive and has taught me many important skills necessary for a career in psychology. This summer I assisted with analysis and […]